Protect Yourself with WHOIS Domain Privacy

Written by: Hosting Coupons on June 29, 2014

When you sign up for a domain name (example.com, example.org, example.co.uk etc.), you’re required by the domain registrar to provide your address amongst other details. This wouldn’t be a problem if they were kept with the registrar, but they can actually be searched for. Type in ‘whois check’ in a search engine, and you’ll be presented with

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Whilst this may not be a problem if you’re using a company address, if the domain is just for a personal blog and is registered to a home address, you likely won’t want anyone being able to see your address.

If you’re a non-trading individual (whether in the UK or not), to protect your privacy, you can omit your address from being shown in the WHOIS results.

Here’s an example of a domain with no WHOIS privacy (google.co.uk):

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A personal site after enabling WHOIS privacy:

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Your name will still be shown, but your address will be hidden from anyone searching.

How to Enable WHOIS Privacy on your Domain

For all domains (except .co.uk):

For .co.uk domains:

If you have a .co.uk domain, and you’re a non-trading you can enable WHOIS privacy, Nominet can help. Sign up for a ‘Online Services’ account.

Navigate to the Domain List area, then click the domain in question.

Once you can see the below details, hit the edit button next to Registrant.

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You’ll then see the details of your domain. Click the drop-down box for Registrant Type, and select either UK Individual or Non-UK Individual depending on your situation. Once you’ve selected one of the Individual options, you’ll need to click the ‘Yes – keep my details private’ radio button.

 

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Of course, be sure that you are actually an individual and not a company.

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